News You Can Use - 03/27/2006









During the school year, the Department of Communication & Media Relations produces a media tip sheet called "News You Can Use, which is distributed to metro Atlanta news outlets electronically. This publication provides school and system news, including recent honors, upcoming events, calendar items, and photo opportunities at local schools and central office locations. The tip sheet is sent out at the end of each week, and covers news and GCPS items of interest for the coming 7-10 days.

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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
03/27/2006 - 04/02/2006


HONORS
Teacher Mary Lynn Huie of Parkview High recently was appointed to serve as a judge in the Achievement Awards Program for the National Council of Teachers of English. For more information, call Marcia Loeschen at 1-800-369-6283, ext. 3608.

Five Phoenix High students were among 1,400 U.S. students who took part in the 54th annual Model United Nations conference at the University of California, Berkeley, on March 10-12. Katie Cooke, Patrick Ragsdale, Stephen Schmidt, Orlando Silva, and Veronica Zarek represented Sweden, the Czech Republic, and Bosnia in committees, spending three days in intense debate and negotiations that covered a variety of international issues. Patrick Ragsdale and Stephen Schmidt won Research Awards for their papers analyzing disarmament issues. For more information, call 770-513-6862.

The following GCPS students won at regional competition and will participate in the State Geographic Bee on March 31 in Clayton County: Mary Bethel of Lanier Middle, Ibrahmia Diallo of Shiloh Middle, Zach Jones of Alton C. Crews Middle, Adriana Merck of Snellville Middle, Jonathan Nelson of Creekland Middle, Matt Reynolds of Trickum Middle, and Luke Richerson of Sweetwater Middle, For more information, call 678-301-7028.

UPCOMING
The Duluth High Relay for Life team kicked off its fund raising efforts the beginning of March. Duluth High organizations and clubs have set a schedule of events to continue fundraising efforts for the next couple of months. Clubs involved in fundraising activities include Interact, BETA, FCCLA, Media-DTV, ROTC, and Student Government. For a complete list of activities, call 770-476-5206.

The Brookwood High dance department has been selected to participate in the National High School Dance Association Festival at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Fla., on March 29 through April 2. The dancers will perform a classical pointe work entitled “Femmes” set to “Concerto for two Pianos” by Francis Poulenc. For more information, call 770-736-4360.

The Mr. Mill Creek High contest will be held on March 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Duluth High will host 12 German exchange students and their teachers in April. The exchange is sponsored by the German-American Partnership Program. Students and teachers will arrive on April 8. The group will participate in local sight seeing trips. In May, the tables will turn and Duluth High students will travel to Germany and live with the families of the German students they hosted in April. Duluth students will visit local and regional sights while improving their German by living with a German family for three weeks. For more information, call German teacher Amy Enter at 770-476-5206.

Berkmar High will host Heart Screenings for Teens to offer echocardiograms for students on April 15. A charge of $58 covers the cost of the test. A Board-certified pediatric cardiologist will read the results. Visit www.heartscreensforteens.com for more information and to download registration and consent forms. Appointments may be made by calling Candy Stanford at 770-638-8391.

Arcado Elementary will host a 25th Anniversary celebration on April 17 beginning at 7 p.m. in the gym. Former Arcado students— especially families with a second or third generation student at the school— are invited to contact the school to become a part of the celebration. For more information, call Koki Horner at 770-925-2100 or by email at koki_horner@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Duluth High will host a visit from Mark O’Connor and Appalachia Waltz Trio on April 17. This internationally acclaimed string trio will perform selections from their original compositions of American music. The Duluth Wildcat Fiddlers will perform before the main act. Tickets are $15 and checks may be made out to the Duluth Symphony and Orchestra Association. For information on how to purchase a ticket, call Reid Smith at 770-232-3393.

Annistown Elementary will sponsor a Garage Sale on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. until noon. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. For more information, call 770-979-2950.

Meadowcreek High is looking for local authors, storytellers, book enthusiasts, journalists, community service personnel, parents, and community members to participate in the 2006 Creek Mustangs Love to Read Festival, an event to promote and celebrate reading and literacy. The event will be held from April 27-29 in the school’s media center. Events will include authors reading and signing their books, writers critiquing student work, story telling, and student poetry recitations. Book vendors will be present. And authors are invited to bring copies of their own books to sell. To volunteer for the event or for more information, call Angela Reid at 770-806-2236 or 404-435-3873, or email Ms. Reid at Angela_Reid@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

ONGOING
Brookwood High student Marie Agnello introduced a pilot program—English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Mentor Exchange at Brookwood. With help from ESOL teacher Melissa Smith, a curriculum is being developed for the program that pairs high school foreign language students with ESOL middle school native speakers of the language as mentors. Student members of foreign language, honor societies, and service organizations, will field a team of mentors from Brookwood High for one hour each week at Alton C. Crews Middle. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

RECENTLY
Earlier this school year, student members of the Sweetwater Middle Beta Club collected “almost new” children’s videos and books for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The items were donated to New Day Surgical Center, scheduled to open in April, in Duluth. When the facility opens, student art will be on display. In addition, the Beta Club undertook a school beautification project, building a stone wall and gardens by the flagpole. Club members also have donated gifts to the Gwinnett Shelter for Abused Women and Children and school supplies for new Sweetwater students evacuated after Katrina. For more information, call Joan Beattie at 770-923-4131.

Recently, the Duluth High Key Club sponsored a pie-eating contest to benefit Rainbow Village, an organization offering homeless families and their children safe homes and a support system. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Duluth High Korean Community Club’s Blood Drive on March 21 collected 95 pints of blood for the American Red Cross. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

GCPS TV
“The Author in You - Tedd Arnold” Arnold is an award-winning author/illustrator of zany and humorous children’s picture books. His eye-popping illustrations and hilarious text have made him an all-time favorite author for students around the nation. Arnold’s colorful characters—from Huggly, to Fly Guy, to Green Wilma—make us laugh and keep us coming back for more. This 30-min. program airs March 27-April 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Ethics in a Global Society - Part 1 & 2” For high school students, discussions about ethics might typically center on issues like cheating on a test or plagiarism, but, in this four-part series, the discussion focuses on how ethics affect careers and the workplace. Using comments from experts as a starting point, students discuss ethical behavior in the arenas of business, government, and science as a way to foster deeper thinking about the ethical dimensions of their lives and our society. This four-part series (15 minutes each), airs March 27-April 1 at 1 p.m.

“Teaching Reading 3-5” This video workshop shows elementary teachers how to help their students transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” The series features leading experts who discuss current research on learning to read and teaching a diverse range of students. The research is illustrated by clips from real classroom lessons, allowing teachers to better understand and apply the research in their own classes. Programs 9 through 16 (two 30-min. programs airing back-to-back) will air March 27-30 at 11 a.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 1) is a video telecourse designed to teach beginning English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to air March 27 through May 23 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators” This GCPS TV original series, is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. However, the community is invited to watch and learn as well. The 10-part series will air in hour-long segments through May 28. Each week, a new show will premiere at 8 p.m. on Monday, then be rebroadcast in that same time slot Tuesday through Sunday.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include:
Adelphia on Channel 20 (Ch. 97 without converter) BellSouth on Channel 21
Charter on Channel 22 Comcast on Channel 24
For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-985-5233, or e-mail gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

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FOR YOUR CALENDAR
Employees and citizens have five opportunities in April to hear about proposed budget plans for 2006–07 and discuss education topics with their elected officials in a public forum. One meeting is scheduled in each of the School Board members’ districts. Area Board Meetings are set for…
• April 11, Daniel Seckinger’s District II meeting, (Collins Hill, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett, and Peachtree Ridge Clusters) hosted at North Gwinnett High;
• April 18, Carole Boyce’s District I meeting, (Central Gwinnett, Dacula and Grayson Clusters) hosted at Central Gwinnett High;
• April 20, Dr. Mary Kay Murphy’s District III meeting, (Duluth and Norcross Clusters) hosted at Duluth High;
• April 25, Dr. Robert McClure’s District IV meeting, (Brookwood, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett Clusters) hosted at Brookwood High; and
• April 27, Louise Radloff’s District V meeting, (Berkmar, Meadowcreek, and Parkview Clusters) hosted at Parkview High.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the host school’s theater. Refreshments will be served, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For a listing of GCPS prom dates, visit www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Georgia High School Graduation Tests will be administered to juniors March 27-30.

April is Keep America Beautiful Month, National Poetry Month, and School Library Media Month.

April 2 is International Children’s Book Day.

April 3-7 is spring break for schools.

April 8 is a systemwide spring holiday for GCPS. All locations will be closed.

April 10-16 is Young People’s Poetry Week.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held April 13, 2006, at 7 p.m., at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

April 14 is a student and teacher holiday.


The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during March and April. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
March
School
April
Alcova Elementary
3/16
Alcova Elementary
4/6
Bethesda Elementary
3/21
Berkmar Middle
4/27
Britt Elementary
3/30
Cedar Hill Elementary
4/11
Chesney Elementary
3/17
Centerville Elementary
4/25
Collins Hill Elementary
3/27
Chattahoochee Elementary
4/18
Creekland Middle
3/23
Cooper Elementary
4/18
Dacula High
3/3
Corley Elementary
4/27
Duncan Creek
3/9
Craig Elementary
4/24
Fort Daniel Elementary
3/3
Dacula High
4/18
Grayson Elementary
3/17
Fort Daniel Elementary
4/21
Gwin Oaks Elementary
3/17
Freeman's Mill Elementary
4/13
Harbins Elementary
3/21
Gwin Oaks Elementary
4/28
Harris Elementary
3/28
Harris Elementary
4/11
Jackson Elementary
3/9
Jones Middle
4/11
Jones Middle
3/30
McConnell Middle
4/18
Lanier Middle
3/7
Meadowcreek Elementary
4/17
Mason Elementary
3/17
Meadowcreek High
4/18
McConnell Middle
3/27
Mountain Park Elementary
4/27
McKendree Elementary
3/31
Norcross Elementary
4/13
Norcross Elementary
3/9
Parkview High
4/25
North Gwinnett
3/14
Parsons Elementary
4/11
Osborne Middle
3/17
Riverside Elementary
4/11
Parsons Elementary
3/20
Shiloh High
4/25
Riverside Elementary
3/14
Shiloh Middle
4/20
Simpson Elementary
3/31
Sweetwater Middle
4/27
Snellville Middle
3/9
South Gwinnett
3/15
Sweetwater Middle
3/30
Sycamore Elementary
3/2